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22 Mar 2017 description

The ICRC along with its partners conducted a detailed research study on the patterns of violence against healthcare in Karachi. The report can be accessed here.

22 Mar 2017 description

HABIB KHAN GHORI

**KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday demanded of the federal government that the management of water distribution from the Mangla and Tarbela dams be given to Sindh and Balochistan on a rotational basis since the Water and Power Development Authority was not reliable as far as fair distribution of irrigation water was concerned.""

Speaking at a press conference, the CM said that the shortage of water would hit the province badly since early sowing took place in Sindh because of the weather conditions.

21 Mar 2017 description

Situation Overview

During 2017, the government has taken key policy decisions regarding registering the undocumented Afghans and institutionalizing measures to support Afghan refugees, IOM Pakistan is supporting the government through participation in the Provincial Taskforce on Documenting the Unregistered Afghan Nationals.

21 Mar 2017 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The health department is hoping to eradicate poliomyelitis this year and divert the resources and manpower to strengthening routine immunisation for 10 diseases including polio, according to sources.

They said that polio vaccination had been the most politicised and costly intervention, which ate up resources and kept the technicians busy for more than 15 days a month.

20 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Fight Militancy by Reforming Justice System, Upholding Rule of Law

(New York, March 20, 2017) – The Pakistani government should withdraw its proposal to restore military courts empowered to try civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The government is introducing a bill to amend the Constitution of Pakistan and the Army Act, 1952 to reinstate and expand the jurisdiction of military courts to try civilians for terrorism-related offenses.

19 Mar 2017 description

QUETTA: A three-day polio drive will kick off on March 20 across 29 districts of Balochistan to ensure that each and every child in the province is vaccinated against the crippling disease, said Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Balochistan Coordinator Syed Faisal Ahmed.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday along with religious scholars, he said that the campaign would cover all districts except Ziarat — where arrangements had been made to hold the anti-polio drive after March 27.

He added that security arrangements for the campaign had been finalised.

18 Mar 2017 description

SYED ALI SHAH

The government of Balochistan on Thursday cancelled the registration of 3,250 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the National Action Plan (NAP).

Registration of the NGOs was cancelled during a scrutiny process and after checking their documents, said Saira Atta, an official of the Balochistan Industries Department.

The NGOs were registered with the industries and social welfare departments of the provincial government.

17 Mar 2017 description
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week (see country-specific sections below for further details): Pakistan – one WPV1 case, six WPV1 positive environmental samples.

  • Yemen and Syria have both carried out polio immunization campaigns as part of ongoing efforts to protect children affected by conflict.

17 Mar 2017 description

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Government of Pakistan to act immediately to provide protection to registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Local media reports from across Pakistan highlight a recent spike in harassment, arbitrary arrest and bribery by law enforcement agencies towards Afghan refugees. In addition, during 2016 more than 300,000 refugees were forced to return to Afghanistan. They have been forced to return to live in insecure and vulnerable conditions.

16 Mar 2017 description

HANIF SAMOON

At least five infants lost their lives due to malnutrition and diseases at Civil Hospital Mithi — bringing this year's toll of infant deaths in Sindh's Thar desert to 64.

Talking to Dawn, the district health officer in Mithi informed that more than 11 thousand ailing children were brought to six different health facilities in the district for treatment since the beginning of this year.

14 Mar 2017 description

QUETTA: The Quetta Cantonment Board (QCB) plans to set up separate schools and colleges for boys and girls and a hospital for civilians living in its housing scheme.

The schools would be set up in the first phase and colleges in the second, QCB Chief Executive Imran Gulzar said in a meeting with members of the Quetta Chamber of Small Traders and Industries (QCSTI).

The chamber’s president, Malik Nadeem Kasi, in his welcome address, spoke about the problems the business community and residents of the scheme faced.

14 Mar 2017 description

By Saeed Ahmed

Multan March 10: Communication network, commonly known as CommNet seems to have brought about a 360 degree turn around in South Punjab by curtailing refusals to zero and ensuring polio vaccination of 100 % high risk mobile population (HRMP) in the region.

“We have recruited local female staff members to do two basic things; i.e. raise awareness about the personal health and hygiene and mobilize local communities to ensure that herd immunity is achieved through collective responsibility,” said CommNet Coordinator for the area Umer Feroz.

13 Mar 2017 description

Jamil Nagri

GILGIT: A fresh case of polio disease was reported on Saturday in Diamer district of Gilgit- Baltistan after a gap of six years.

According to GB health department officials, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, confirmed poliovirus in 14-month-old Nisar Ahmed, a resident of Thore valley of district Diamer.

GB had been declared free of polio virus in 2012.

An official of the GB health department told Dawn that the child was admitted to a government hospital after being inflicted by poliovirus at his home.

11 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Parliamentary SDGs Secretariat and UNICEF Pakistan sign Letter of Agreement (LoA) to work together on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related to children and women in Pakistan

10 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Ayaz Gul

ISLAMABAD —

Pakistan is defying calls for permanently opening the border with landlocked Afghanistan, asserting that terrorist attacks emanating from the neighboring country continue to hurt Pakistani citizens and security forces.

A string of deadly suicide bombings across Pakistan last month prompted authorities to close all regular crossings for movements of people and trade convoys across the largely porous frontier spanning roughly 2,600 kilometers.

10 Mar 2017 description

By Kashif Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Though the number of out-of-school children has reduced from last year’s figure of 24 million to 22.6 million, statistics of 2015-16 still paint a gloomy picture, calling for the imposition of real education emergency.

As many as 44pc children between the ages of five and 16 are still out of school.

The statistics further reveal that 21pc primary schools in the country are being run by a single teacher while 14pc have one room.

09 Mar 2017 description

Polio this week as of 8 March 2017

  • Coffee with Polio Experts: A short video-chat with Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication in Pakistan, on the prospects of eradicating polio in the country.

09 Mar 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan has announced a contribution of USD 7 million to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Afghan Refugees and host communities in Pakistan.

The official announcement was made by the Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and the Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai during a press event held in Islamabad.

09 Mar 2017 description

IFTIKHAR A. KHAN

ISLAMABAD: Eighty-four per cent of the population does not have access to safe drinking water in a country where commercial banks posted windfall profits exceeding Rs475 billion in three years, the Senate was told on Tuesday.

Quoting a study, Provision of Safe Drinking Water, conducted by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanvir Hussain said only 72pc of water supply schemes were found to be functional, and 84pc of those had supplied water that was not fit for consumption.

09 Mar 2017 description
report The Asia Foundation

March 8, 2017
By Zeeshan Ali

In January, Pakistan’s National Assembly approved a government bill for out-of-court settlements, known as the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Bill. The move paves the way for non-traditional dispute mechanisms, such as the jirga or panchayat, to complement the formal system of justice and provide a means of settling disputes outside of Pakistan’s beleaguered court system.